Today is Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Joe Biden ripped President Trump’s coronavirus response in a Pennsylvania town hall; the author of ‘Forrest Gump’ has died at age 77; and the 2020 campaign shifts to the new battleground of Minnesota.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


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APTOPIX Election 2020 Biden

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden pauses on stage during a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pa., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. 




At town hall, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘criminal’ virus response

Joe Biden on Thursday went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19, calling Trump’s downplaying of the pandemic “criminal” and his administration “totally irresponsible.”

“You’ve got to level with the American people — shoot from the shoulder. There’s not been a time they’ve not been able to step up. The president should step down,” the Democratic presidential nominee said to applause from a CNN drive-in town hall crowd in Moosic, outside his hometown of Scranton.

Speaking about Trump’s admission that he publicly played down the impact of the virus while aware of its severity, Biden declared: “He knew it and did nothing. It’s close to criminal.” Read the full story here:

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Obit Winston Groom

In this April 29, 2016, file photo, “Forrest Gump” author Winston Groom speaks to students at Jinks Middle School in Panama City, Fla. 


‘Forrest Gump’ author Winston Groom dead at 77

Winston Groom, the writer whose novel “Forrest Gump” was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop cultural phenomenon, has died at age 77.



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